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When he’s not gearing up to play a 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes, the great Ian McKellen is having kicking butt all over Middle-earth. Ahead of THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES’s big presentation at Comic-Con next week, a new image was released featuring Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and Bard (Luke Evans) preparing for battle.

First up, here’s the official synopsis:

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.

It’s not much I’ll admit, but it got me excited for the festivities next week. Peter Jackson has a track record of letting us see a fantastic amount of behind-the-scenes work as well as finished footage so I expect he will share some noteworthy goodies soon enough. Jackson has announced that he will be at Comic Con this year (we are going to be there!) so look for more news on the final installment of The Hobbit Trilogy next week.

The movie stars stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Stott, James NesbittCate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, and Orlando Bloom.

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES arrives December 17th, 2014.

Source: EW

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2:17AM on 07/19/2014
its Dumbledore!
its Dumbledore!
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10:31PM on 07/18/2014
Gandalf looks like Dumbledore on this pic!!
Gandalf looks like Dumbledore on this pic!!
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11:30AM on 07/18/2014
The Hobbit > Lord Of The Rings
The Hobbit > Lord Of The Rings
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3:09AM on 07/18/2014
Please let either Peter Jackson or Guillermo delToro do Silmarillion next! i know it's an incomplete work but that's why it would be a fun project. Limitless possibilities there.
Please let either Peter Jackson or Guillermo delToro do Silmarillion next! i know it's an incomplete work but that's why it would be a fun project. Limitless possibilities there.
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3:07PM on 07/18/2014
It's not an incomplete work really, it's just that it's not one linear story. It would be like trying to do a single movie of the entire Bible. It starts with Eru (God) and the Ainur, immaterial beings singing a song that creates E (the universe) and the physical world of Arda (on which Middle-earth a.k.a. Endor lays). Then it's followed by tens of thousands of years of shaping it up and creating the stars, the Two Trees and later the Sun and Moon from the fruits of the dying Trees. Than many
It's not an incomplete work really, it's just that it's not one linear story. It would be like trying to do a single movie of the entire Bible. It starts with Eru (God) and the Ainur, immaterial beings singing a song that creates E (the universe) and the physical world of Arda (on which Middle-earth a.k.a. Endor lays). Then it's followed by tens of thousands of years of shaping it up and creating the stars, the Two Trees and later the Sun and Moon from the fruits of the dying Trees. Than many other tens of thousands of years in which the Elves and Men are born and fight a neverending war with Morgoth (Sauron's master and also 1000x more powerful. He once took the shape of a mountain... try to do that in a movie). Then many heroes and villains make their appearence in a very hard to read text that spends 90% of its words describing the many languages, battles, familly trees, kingdoms, rivers, mountains, islands, seas, jewels and heirlooms that make Tolkien's work so rich and intricate. I'm guessing you haven't read it otherwise you'd know it litteraly is IMPOSSIBLE to make the Silmarillion into a movie ;) And no it's not a matter of opinion... it is simply UNDOABLE. Especially considering how the Hobbit and LOTR movies are so incomplete and feel like kiddie versions of the books for those who are familiar with them. Just to give you an idea, one of the short legends in the Silmarillion called "Narn i Chn Hrin" is told in full in a 350 page novel that was posthumously released as "The Children of Hrin". That's just ONE of the many legends told in The Silmarillion... That and considering the Tolkien estate hates the movies and will never sell the rights. Seeing the 2 Hobbit films, I totally agree with them.
10:06PM on 07/17/2014

END OF AN ERA?

Is this the end of Middle-Earth? No more movies. There's tons of source material. Can those Tolkien tales be used or is this really the end ?
Is this the end of Middle-Earth? No more movies. There's tons of source material. Can those Tolkien tales be used or is this really the end ?
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8:07AM on 07/18/2014
Warner Bros. and MGM only had the rights to The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and certain sections of Unfinished Tales. The rights to the rest of Tolkien's works reside with the Tolkien Estate, and since Christopher Tolkien despised Jackson's interpretation of his father's work, it's incredibly unlikely we'll see film adaptions of anything Tolkien-related in the future. Maybe after Christopher dies, but even then I wouldn't hold my breathe.
Warner Bros. and MGM only had the rights to The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and certain sections of Unfinished Tales. The rights to the rest of Tolkien's works reside with the Tolkien Estate, and since Christopher Tolkien despised Jackson's interpretation of his father's work, it's incredibly unlikely we'll see film adaptions of anything Tolkien-related in the future. Maybe after Christopher dies, but even then I wouldn't hold my breathe.
3:15PM on 07/18/2014
Cigarette Burn is right, there's absolutely no chance. Not in this century anyway, and it's better that way.
Cigarette Burn is right, there's absolutely no chance. Not in this century anyway, and it's better that way.
8:21PM on 07/17/2014
Wasn't a big fan of the first Hobbit film, but Desolation of Smaug blew me away and absolutely killed me with that cliffhanger. Can't wait to see this cast back in action again for the final entry. Should be awesome.
Wasn't a big fan of the first Hobbit film, but Desolation of Smaug blew me away and absolutely killed me with that cliffhanger. Can't wait to see this cast back in action again for the final entry. Should be awesome.
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